[dropcap size=big]F[/dropcap]rom car sharing to personal butlers, these new companies are coming up with innovative ways to improve our lives.
Wired magazine recently published a supplement on Europe’s 100 Hottest Startups for 2015 – here we pick out the ones that will change the way we travel, highlighting where the headquarters are based.
1. Drivy (Paris)
A car-sharing platform with 600,000 registered users that allows people to rent their vehicle to someone else (in France or Germany only so far).
2. Lodgify (Barcelona)
Software and website templates for homeowners to build bespoke booking platforms for renting out their properties to holidaymakers.
3. TravelBird (Amsterdam)
Online travel agent selling holiday deals and packages that change daily with themes such as Glamping, Bella Italia, Theme Park Breaks and Single Traveller.
4. Snappcar (Amsterdam)
With the average car unused 23 hours a day, this private car rental app for the peer-to-peer sharing community allows people to hire their wheels to a stranger.
5. Wolt (Helsinki)
An app that lets you order and pre-pay for a meal in a high-street restaurant, telling you when it will be ready for collection or home delivery.
6. GoButler (Berlin)
A personal assistant that will book flights, send flowers, reserve tables in restaurants and deliver “anything legal” via 24/7 SMS messaging – all for free. Available in the US, Canada, UK, Austria, Germany and Switzerland.
7. Moovit (Tel Aviv)
Real-time travel schedules for subways, trains and buses around the city, so you know exactly when your ride will be arriving, even if it is running late.
8. Blacklane (Berlin)
On-demand chauffeur-driven Mercedes, BMWs and VW Phaetons for hourly or one-way journeys. Available in 180 cities including New York, London, Los Angeles and Paris.
9. WorldRemit (London)
A money transfer service that charges less than high-street banks and can be credited in the form of an account deposit, cash for collection, mobile wallet transfer or Airtime top-up.
10. JustPark (London)
No more pay and display – hire a private parking space outside someone’s house or office, or rent out your own. BMW and Rolls-Royce are adding the technology to their vehicles’ dashboards.